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SOURCE: SPUTNIK

The Indian Army has commenced a defence procurement process for purchasing air defence guns that can fire smart ammunition to replace the aging Swedish L-70 and Soviet-era ZU-23MM-2B guns currently in use by the Indian Army. The air defence guns will be deployed for providing terminal air defence to critical and vulnerable points in mountainous terrain and desert areas. The army intends to procure approximately 938 air defence guns along with 505,920 rounds of ammunition.

“The guns should have the capability to engage fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, helicopters (including hovering helicopters), remotely piloted aircraft or drones, cruise missiles, PGMs, RAM (Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar), microlight aircraft, para-motors, para-gliders, and aero-models. It should be capable of a minimum of five or more effective engagements of continuous fire without barrel change”, the Indian Army tender document reads. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed has donned the hat of a column writer for a leading Urdu newspaper, stirring a debate among journalists as to how the media house allowed the head of a banned terror group to write on the Kashmir issue and the creation of Bangladesh in 1971.

Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the US and the UN after the 2008 Mumbai attack and was put under house arrest in November 2008 but freed by a court some months later. He carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for his role in terror activities. ‘Illegal aggression of India on East Pakistan… Why Pakistan is avoiding advocating for Kashmiri people’ written by “Professor Hafiz Mohammad Saeed” appeared in Daily Dunya (an Urdu publication of Dunya media group of Mian Amer Mahmood) on Sunday. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

The 1.3-million strong Indian Army is now sharpening its entire war-fighting strategy, ranging from creation of agile integrated battle groups (IBGs) and expansive cyber warfare capabilities to induction plans for launch-on-demand micro satellites, directed-energy weapons, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and the like.

India is currently faced with a “No War, No Peace” scenario due to the management of the “complex and active” unresolved borders with China and Pakistan, coupled with “hybrid warfare” or “state-sponsored proxy war and acts of terrorism from across the border”, says the Army’s new Land Warfare Doctrine-2018. Continue reading

SOURCE: Defensenews.com

Russia has lodged a protest over India’s decision to disquality its two munitions systems from the $1.6 billion Army program, spurring newfound tensions between the two allies.

During a meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation in New Delhi Thursday, visiting Russia Defence Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu made clear his displeasure about the upgraded Tunguska system and a system from Pantsir being kicked out of the pending program, a source from the India Ministry of Defence confirmed.

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SOURCE: FE

For its Air Defence (AD), the Indian Army has given its sanction for prototype development of ‘MEAT’ (Manoeuvrable Expendable Aerial Target) under the `Make II’ Category. According to a senior army officer, “For giving realistic training to the men during annual exercises there is a need of suitable aerial target system. Such training is important as the Indian Army has different AD platforms for missiles and gun systems and the crew has to be trained to operate these.”

To ensure that there is no delay for want of funds, the project which has been in the pipeline for a couple of years is under Make II category so that it is fast tracked. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

The Indian space agency is facing an increased demand for strategic satellites, a top official has said, even as the countdown began on Tuesday afternoon for the launch a day later of the country’s latest military communications satellite, the GSAT-7 for the IAF.

“There is increased demand for satellites from strategic sectors. About six/seven satellites are planned to be built,” a senior official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS, preferring anonymity. In November, ISRO put into orbit the sharp-eyed HysIS satellite for a range of applications and the data it generated by it will also be accesible by the Indian miliatry. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The US would like to see progress in combating terror financing and more cooperation on Afghanistan as conditions attached to the bailout package Pakistan has sought from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), along with transparency about its debts to China.

Terror financing and money laundering under the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is a multilateral concern aligned with IMF’s mandate and Pakistan’s compliance is critical for the IMF bailout it has sought, a senior US official said on condition of anonymity.In June, the FATF, a secretive watchdog, put Pakistan on its grey list of countries it monitors closely and works with to counter terror financing and money laundering. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Indian national Hamid Ansari, who was jailed in Pakistan for allegedly entering the country illegally, was repatriated to India at the Wagah border Tuesday. Ansari was greeted by his parents and brother who awaited his return. Mumbai based Ansari, 33, was detained by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies in 2012 after he crossed over to Pakistan from Afghanistan where he had reportedly gone to meet a woman he had befriended online.

In 2015, a Pakistani military court sentenced him to three years’ imprisonment for possessing a fake identity card. He was lodged in the Peshawar Central Jail on December 15 that year. His jail term ended on December 16 .While in jail, the Pakistan government did not allow consular access to Ansari despite the Indian government reminding them 96 times through notes verbale. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

India is “overtly cautious” about China’s sensitivities on Taiwan and Tibet but Beijing hasn’t shown the “same deference” while dealing with New Delhi’s sovereignty concerns linked to Arunachal Pradesh or China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a parliamentary panel has said.

The two Asian giants have worked to normalise relations since the informal summit in April between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at Wuhan, which helped break the deadlock created by last year’s military stand-off at Doklam. China’s foreign minister Wang Yi is scheduled to visit New Delhi on December 21 to launch a new high-level mechanism for people-to-people ties. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Tribune

India’s armed forces just marked the annual anniversary of the  1971 Indo-Pak war with ‘Vijay Divas’ celebrations which are held each December in countless cantonments across the country. Now, greetings also float on veteran WhatsApp groups. It was undoubtedly Independent India’s finest moment when arch enemy Pakistan was forced into a humiliating surrender, sealed and signed on December 16, 1971, amidst scenes of joy in Dhaka (then Dacca). Awards and accolades are recalled and veterans relive those thrilling operations on the Eastern and Western fronts when the dogs of war were let loose with devastating effect.

Inevitably, the conversations turn to what is now a 47-year-old refrain: Why did our government give up 92,753 Pakistani prisoners of war (POWs) — a great bargaining chip — in such haste? And, why were they repatriated without ensuring that all our POWs have been returned? Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

There has been a steep rise in the killing of BSF soldiers along the India-Pakistan (IB) border in Jammu and Kashmir. This year, 12 BSF personnel were killed along the border, recording a jump of 600 per cent in such casualties. This is the highest casualty figure recorded in the last six years.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju revealed the figures in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday while responding to a question on the matter. The death of personnel deployed along the IB takes place mainly because of unprovoked firing by Pakistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has increased its strength along the India-Bhutan border in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, not far from the mountainous terrain of Diban, Dua-Delai and Lohit valleys along the China border in the Tibetan region, following last year’s Doklam standoff.

In the past one year, the country’s youngest paramilitary force created 18 new Border Outposts (BOPs) in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, which started functioning this year. “Three new BOPs in Sikkim and 15 in Arunachal Pradesh were established and they have started functioning this year to provide better security and patrolling in the areas bordering Bhutan. The three new BOPs are in Western Sikkim, which touches the Bhutan border,” SSB Director General Surjeet Singh Deswal said on Tuesday. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

On a day Hamid Nehal Ansari crossed over the Wagah-Attari border into India after serving a three-year sentence for espionage in Pakistan, officials in New Delhi said Indian diplomats in Pakistan faced tremendous difficulties in accessing not just the internet, but Indian government sites, which makes it extremely difficult for them to perform their official duties.

On December 12, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad issued a note, one of several over the past few months, to the Pakistan foreign ministry urging its intervention in resolving the issue. Continue reading

SOURCE: Express News Service

After the killing of seven civilians by security forces during clashes near encounter site in south Kashmir’s Pulwama last Saturday, the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Tuesday asked security forces to adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damages during anti-militancy operations and law and order situations.

On Tuesday, Malik chaired a meeting of top officers of State police, Army, CRPF, and intelligence agencies at Army’s Northern command Headquarters in Udhampur to review the security situation of the State after the recent Pulwama killings. Seven civilians were killed by security forces during clashes near an encounter site in Sirnoo village of Pulwama on Saturday last. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANITA DESAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who is called Architect behind Indian Air Force (IAF) placing orders for 83 Upgraded Tejas Mk-1A after Initially, it had refused to place orders beyond 20 IOC Configured Tejas Mk-1 and 20 FOC Configured Tejas Mk-1 and instead were more interested in procurement of Tejas Mk-II aircraft which was sanctioned in 2009.

IAF then had told Parrikar that performance shortfalls and maintenance issues were one of the primary reasons why it was not considering procurement of additional Tejas Mk-1 when Questioned by Parrikar on lack of further orders for LCA-Tejas aircraft. later Parrikar held several meetings with all the stakeholders to find a solution and also identify issues and why IAF was not keen on the procurement of additional jets. Continue reading